Hidden in Plain Sight: The news media's role in exposing human trafficking

Wed., June 16, 2010
1:15-2:45 p.m.
ECOSOC Chamber
UN Headquarters, NYC

Media Response

"Diplomats, researchers admonish media on sex-trafficking coverage," Mark Morris, Kansas City Star, June 17, 2010.

"Journalists Use World Cup Hoopla to Spotlight Human Trafficking," Anne Driscoll, Tonic, June 17, 2010.

Video provided by the United States Mission to the United Nations and edited for the web by Schuster Institute student research assistants Sean Petterson, Lauren Schloss, and Matthew Kipnis. Transcription by Sean Petterson.

Hidden in plain sight:

  The news media's role in
  exposing human trafficking

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University
proudly presented, in concert with

The United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN) 
and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

A panel discussion about how the news media have helped expose and explain modern slavery—and how to do better.

This panel coincided with the United Nations events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, which includes a protocol against trafficking in people. Often referred to as "the Palermo Convention," responsibility for its execution falls on the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

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*Due to technical difficulties with equipment in part 1, welcoming remarks by Ambassador Rick Barton and some of those by Florence Graves were not captured in the video of the panel discussion.

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Ambassador Rick Barton
U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council

Florence George Graves
Founding Director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Brandeis University

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Lynn Sherr
Former ABC News Correspondent and Daily Beast blogger

Under-Secretary-General Antonio Maria Costa
Executive Director of UNODC

Guy Jacobson
Documentary filmmaker and U.S. State Department Global Hero Award recipient

Mike McGraw
Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and co-author of "Human Trafficking in America"

E. Benjamin Skinner
Schuster Institute Senior Fellow and author of "A Crime so Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery"

Noy Thrupkaew
Open Society Fellow and author of The Nation series, "The crusade against sex trafficking"


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